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Hey Folks,

Does anybody know how easy it is to change the condensor for the AC ? I had noticed the AC has been faulty for a while but it was only today i noticed when trying to secure the front headlight that it has had a front end collision with something.

The condenser is bent and has been shunted back in to the radiator, which is also needing replaced as around 40 % of the fins have collapsed and dropped out.

Interestingly, nobody in my family has admitted to bumping it, i find it hard to believe that somebody has reversed in to it.

I have just about had it with this car since i bought it only one year ago i have had to repair:

1) The engine, full rebuild after snapped cam belt :mad:
2) Replaced full exhaust system apart from the cat
3) All pads, all discs
4) 2 front wish bones
5) pulley tensioner due to the screeching it made
4) Wheel bearing

I have just shelled out 180 quid on 2 new Michellen Energy front tyres and it is due to go to Alfa tomorrow as it is making clunking noises form both sides of the front suspension, which i suspect is the anti roll bar

ahhhhhhhhh, sometimes i wonder if its all worth it!!!!

Please help
 

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It will be a pain (I replaced the rad on my TS) ... although good that you'll be doing both together ... you'll need to remove the front bumper to gain access ... get yourself a copy of eLearn as it will have step by step instructions ...


note though that is is illegal to delibrately release CFC's into the air, once you've got it all sorted you'll have to take it to an air con specialist to get it vacummed, pressure tested and regassed ... (or find a good indy who has all the kit to do it ...)
 

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Thanks, i guess i dont have any option but to start the repair when it comes back from the garage tomorrow. I am not sure what you mean by a copy of "elearn" though ?

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After checking ebay, i rekon i can get the condeser for 100 pound delivered and the same goes for the radiator, both new, maybe not original equipment manufacturer but seems reasonable
 
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Has the system been opened to the atmosphere, and/or all gas released as a result ?
I would also replace the receiver / drier at same time system is open, and as mentioned by 156Chris, get the system pressure tested, then evacuated and charged with correct amounts of oil and refrigerant.
 

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After checking ebay, i rekon i can get the condeser for 100 pound delivered and the same goes for the radiator, both new, maybe not original equipment manufacturer but seems reasonable
Not sure about the condensor, but you can usually get a rad from your local auto factors for about that price ... at least then you won't have to pay for postage (and also if it's wrong/damaged it's less hassle to return them ...)
 

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Has the system been opened to the atmosphere, and/or all gas released as a result ?
I would also replace the receiver / drier at same time system is open ... .
+1 to that ... when I fixed my air con (one of the pipes had sheered) I just put a new pipe on without changing the receiver/drier, when I got it pressure tested it was running at a slightly higher pressure than it should because I hadn't replaced them ... (or at least that's what the air con guy said ...)
 

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Yes i tested the system a while back when i realised it was faulty. All i did to test it was depress the valve between the compressor and condenser and not even the slightest hiss.

I will definately get it topped up by a pro, i wouldn't be sure of the correct oil gas ratio anyway. I realise that releasing fridge gas is not good, i work on marine fridge systems on board RN support ships, which use the same 134a gas, not much you can do if the system breaks down though, however 134a is a bit more ozone friendly than the older gases they used.

I think i will change the dryer while everything is off.

Thanks for the advice!
 

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Good Luck (and prepare for several layers of skin to be taken off your knuckles!!!) ... if you need further help there are loads of threads on here on replacing the radiator (as you know the condensor is actually attached to this ...)
 
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